Another 53 iOS apps besides TikTok are grabbing clipboard data

Another 53 iOS apps besides TikTok are grabbing clipboard data

Another 53 iOS apps besides TikTok are grabbing clipboard data

The new iOS version reportedly warns the users that TikTok was accessing their clipboard "every few seconds".

TikTok was quick to respond to the issue and said it will stop reading iPhone users' clipboard. One of these features allows the user to be notified when any application wants to access text copied to the clipboard.

"The clipboard access issues", the TikTok representative added, "showed up due to third-party SDKs, in our case an older version Google Ads SDK, so we do not get access to the information through this (presumably they do but we can not speak to that)". At the same time, Amazon India used to show notification of updates every time the app was opened for the past several months, although the app was not actually updated. This feature is to basically help users know how the apps are interacting with their data and ensure no critical data has been collected.

For its part, TikTok claims that it's not doing anything nefarious with users' clipboard data, and that this is simply part of a feature intended exclusively to prevent "repetitive, spammy behaviour".

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I would say "no" for TikTok, based on what the company has said. With the release of the new clipboard warning in the beta version of iOS 14, now with developers, TikTok seems to have been caught abusing the clipboard. He also disclosed that a new update has been submitted to the Apple App store which removes the anti-spam feature which accesses the clipboard.

TikTok is one of the apps that were caught reading the clipboard data on iOS, and by the looks of things, the company says it's just doing it for users' own good.

Other changes coming to Apple's mobile operating system for iPhones include widgets for the home screen, a picture-in-picture mode, a new way of sorting through installed apps, a more compact layout for Siri, and plenty more besides.

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